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79 Nature Dog Names for Outdoor-Loving Canines

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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may be looking for a nature-inspired dog name for your new family member. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best names inspired by forests, mountains, deserts and more. 

Here are 79 of the best nature-themed dog names:

Best Nature Dog Names

Dog name inspiration for nature lovers - dog outside on a nice forest walk
  • Kai
  • Delta
  • Gaia
  • Indigo
  • Juniper
  • Walden
  • Bramble
  • Alani
  • Rue
  • Cinnamon

Kai

If you or your pup love the ocean, this is a fitting name. In Hawaiian, Kai means “sea,” and in Japanese it means “shell.”

Delta

Geographically, a delta is known as a “wetland that forms as rivers empty their water and sediment into another body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another river,” according to National Geographic. If you and your pup love to spend time near the water, consider this name.

Gaia

You can’t get a more nature-centered name than Gaia. In Greek, Gaia means “the earth” and in Greek mythology, Gaia was also the goddess of Earth.

Indigo

If your pup has blue eyes, or blue happens to be your favorite color, Indigo is a great name. This famous blue dye comes from the indigo plant, which has been highly treasured for centuries.

Juniper

Juniper berries on a branch inspiration for nature dog names

Gin lovers can pay tribute to their favorite drink and favorite plant with this name, as juniper berries give gin its famous flavor.

Walden

Literature fans may be familiar with transcendental author Henry David Thoreau’s series of essays called “Walden.” Thoreau turned to nature, specifically Walden Pond, and famously wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.”

Bramble

If blackberries or raspberries are your thing, Bramble is the perfect name for your pup. Bramble is the name for prickly shrubs of the rose family.

Alani

If you are a citrus fan, or your pup has an orange hue, Alani is a super fitting name. It means “orange tree” in Hawaiian, as well as “precious.” 

Rue

Besides being a cute name, the rue plant has quite a history and has been used for both medicinal and culinary purposes (it has a spiciness to it) by ancient Romans and the Catholic Church to bless parishioners. Its Latin name of “Ruta” comes from Greek, translated as “to set free,” referring to “its use as a chief ingredient in mixtures used as antidotes to poisoning.”

Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from a tree, and that cinnamon stick you stir your hot toddy with is actually the tree’s bark. Whether your dog is colored like the spice or you’re obsessed with sprinkling it on your oatmeal, it’s a great name to pay homage to both nature and the delicious spice.

Female Nature Dog Names

Two dogs laying in the back of an open van looking at nature
  • Fern
  • Meadow
  • Willow
  • Laurel
  • Wren
  • Ivy

Fern

These soft, bright green plants cover forest floors and are synonymous with nature. They’re also some of the oldest plants to exist, with ferns appearing nearly 358.9 million years ago, per Britannica.

Meadow

There may be nothing prettier (or sweeter smelling) than a meadow. If your pup loves to run through the grass or if you’re particularly fond of spending time in expansive fields, it’s the perfect name for your girl.

Willow

Sunlight coming through a willow tree inspiration for nature dog names

Willow trees are known to be “graceful and refined,” with their beautiful hanging branches and leaves. Not only do they offer amazing shade, but your pup may also enjoy napping underneath a Willow tree.

Laurel

If your pup aspires to be an athlete, Laurel is a great name. A laurel is a small evergreen tree with dark green, waxy leaves. 

Wren

If your pup is vocal, the name Wren may be fitting. Wrens are small birds known for their singing voices.

Ivy

Ivy is the climbing vine that covers everything from gates to buildings. If your pup is a climber, or you just love the way Ivy (and your dog) looks, the name may suit her well.

More Nature Names for Female Dogs

  • Honeybee
  • Buttercup
  • Dandelion
  • Brooke
  • Blossom

Nature Names for Male Dogs

Dog standing outside on a hike with mountains in the background
  • Flint
  • Caspian
  • River
  • Sorrel
  • Bentley
  • Jasper

If you and your pup plan to spend time together taking in the great outdoors, a name that pays homage to your favorite camping spot, hike or body of water is a perfect choice. 

Here are some of the best male nature-themed dog names:

Flint

If you and your pup plan to make lots of fires together, Flint is a fitting name. The ancient rock is an excellent survival tool.

Caspian

Pay homage to the Caspian Sea with this cool-sounding name. The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water with borders in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.

River

Dog and owner walking along the river

Whether you plan to take your pup on fishing excursions or float together down one, River is a fitting name for any water-loving pup.

Sorrel

This green plant has a sour (yet lemony) taste that culinarians may be familiar with. And if your pup tends to be a bit “tart,” Sorrel may be the perfect fit.

Bentley

While the car may first come to mind, Bentley is actually an Old English word for “bent grass” and “woodland clearing.” So whether you love the car or your pup loves to spend time in the outdoors, it’s a fun name to go with.

Jasper

This strong-sounding name is perfect for any pup that has a red or brown hue, just like the mineral itself that is found in North Africa, Sicily, Germany and Arizona.

More Nature Names for Male Dogs

  • Rock
  • Reed
  • Sparrow
  • Alder
  • Sylvan
  • Banyan

Mountain Dog Names

Dog and owner on a hike by a mountain

If the mountains mean a lot to you, you may be searching for the perfect mountain-themed dog name for your pup. Here are a few to consider:

  • Boulder
  • Crag
  • Sierra
  • Pike
  • Ridge
  • Butte
  • Cascade
  • Cliff

Forest Dog Names

Two dogs in a forest full of trees

If the forest has a special place in your heart, these names are the perfect way to pay homage to your happy place:

  • Timber
  • Woody
  • Dew
  • Lichen
  • Moss
  • Shadow
  • Rambler
  • Pine Cone
  • Truffle
  • Morel
  • Bamboo

Tree Names for Dogs

Dog walking in nature among trees good inspiration for dog names

Tree lovers may be looking for the perfect tree-themed name for their pup. Here are a few ideas:

  • Birch
  • Hazel
  • Aspen
  • Cypress
  • Mimosa
  • Hawthrone
  • Teak
  • Beech

Plant Names for Dogs

Dog sniffing a plant outside in beautiful sunlight

Whether you love to keep plants in your house, outdoor garden, or you just like to admire them in the outdoors, they are a great source for name inspiration. Here are some great plant-inspired dog names:

  • Ficus
  • Herb
  • Fauna
  • Briar
  • Thistle
  • Monstera
  • Holly
  • Aloe
  • Rowan
  • Nettle

Desert Dog Names

Dog in the desert

If you identify with terrain that’s a little drier and less lush, these desert-themed names may be a good fit for your dog: 

  • Sage
  • Sandy
  • Acacia
  • Gobi
  • Mojave
  • Sahara
  • Agave
  • Joshua
  • Yucca
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